Megan Dalley Award 2022

Kiama Council

Megan Dalley Award 2022 - Ben Johnston (right) with Mayor Neil Reilly and members of the Dalley family

Kiama Council I.T. cadet James Carli and Parks and Gardens labourer Ben Johnston have received the Megan Dalley Award for 2022.

Already a valued member of Council’s Parks and Gardens team, Ben Johnston recently stepped up to maintaining the street gardens in Kiama.

He has tackled this new challenge with relish, working closely with the other horticulturalists, asking questions, getting advice and seeking assistance with managing some of our most high-profile gardens.

Ben has also helped his team and coordinator by providing his own advice on tasks such as planting annuals.

He also stepped forward to work with our clean-up crews following recent storms.

Ben has made himself a popular member and crucial part of our Parks and Gardens team.

I.T. Cadet James Carli has shown a strong commitment to his work at Council and his study towards a Diploma of Information Technology at the University of Wollongong.

James has also completed additional certifications and formal training in his own time to increase his knowledge and competencies. This includes emerging technologies which will benefit Council.

He has shown a keen interest in all Council operations, with a particular focus on supporting our outdoor teams. James led the rollout of new technology and processes to these teams, including a non-traditional but successful approach to training the crews, helping deal with resistance to change and embracing the use of technology in day-to-day work.

His efforts extend beyond his role with I.T. helping build strong relationships between the indoor and outdoor teams, which benefits Council as a whole.

James Carli and Ben Johnston are deserving recipients of the Megan Dalley Award for 2022.

The Megan Dally Award recognises outstanding performance by a Council trainee, apprentice or cadet. The Award is in memory of Megan Dalley, an outstanding customer service trainee of tremendous ability, attitude and commitment, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2007.

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